It was the dream of Lipa City government under the former Mayor Ruben L. Umali to have a government school that could cater to the poor but deserving students. The dream came true with the help of the SIPAG LAKAS movement with paved the way for the establishment of Lipa City Public College.
The idea was to have an institution to be called Lipa City Public Colleges with three components; a science high school as a feeder school to the country’s engineering and science colleges and universities; a general high school for the students of the poblacion so that they would not have to go to faraway barangay high school graduates who could not afford the cost of studying at private technical- vocational schools.
During that time that the idea was conceive, there was already the Lipa CityScience High School and the General High School. What was looking was the technical- vocational school. For a start, the Science High School offered post secondary courses:
Associate in Computer Science and Office Management with Computer Application. Lipa City Science High School with these post- secondary courses was renamed Lipa City Science and Technology Institute. This institution integrated with the General High School, thus the name Lipa City integrated with the GeneralHigh School, and thus the name Lipa City integrated School.
In 1991, Hon. Ralph Recto was elect Congressman of the fourth district of Batangas to which district Lipa City belongs. The Mayor at the time, Mayor Ruben L. Umali, requested the honorable Congressman for the conversion of Lipa City Integrated School into a state college.
But the legislative process involved in the establishment of a state college is long and tedious. Mayor Umali could not wait any longer because he felt that the poor students who could not pay high tuition fees in private tertiary schools needed the college very badly. He exerted efforts to have a government-run college to serve the poor and deserving students.
On January 1994, a project proposal for the establishment of a community college was prepared and submitted to Sannguniang Panglungsod of Lipa City. It was at this point that a government- run college was born. On February 14, 1994 the Sangguniang Panglungsod, through the request of city mayor passed Ordinance No. 04, series of 1994, establishing the community college of Lipa. On March 14, 1994 another ordinance was approved, Ordinance No. 94-08, amending Ordinance No. 04-94 by changing the term “establishing” to “converting” thus, community college was converted to Lipa City Public Colleges. With special Ordinance No. 04-96, the name Lipa City Public Colleges was change to Lipa Public College. On June 15, 1998, Special Ordinance No. 13- 98 was approved prescribing the rules and regulations for the operation of Lipa City Public College (charter of LCPC).
Php 1, 700,000.00 was appropriated for the initial operation of the college. The legal basis for its operation was secured and CHED approved the college permits in school your 1994-1995, first semester.
In 2002, Lipa City Public College is a far cry from the college it is used to be in 1994. At present, the College is ably supported by the local government under the Hon. Vilma Santos Recto. From a single building with four classrooms, there are now additional new buildings: one with twenty (20) classrooms and another one with five (5) classrooms. The old building that used to house the offices of the administrator, the registrar, the administrative officer, the supply custodian, and a room for the faculty members was converted into a two-storey building with air-conditioned offices. The National Food Authority (NFA) building that was partitioned into 12 classrooms before is now used as gym of the college. All these changes were made possible with the aid and support given by Hon. Sen. Ralph G. Recto.
The College now serves three thousand nine hundred sixty nine (3969) students among from not only Lipa City but also from nearby and faraway towns and cities. This is an overwhelming increase in the number of enrollees. The admission of these students is a strong and concrete manifestation of the local government’s concern for them. Such an increase in enrolment indicates the necessity for a free college education; in as much as obviously, more and more students would like to get a degree to have something great for their life in the future.
Lipa City Public College is committed to the four-hold mission of instruction, research, extension, service and employability.
With its noble task of serving the economically underprivileged youth with free but high quality education, LCPC is living up to its vision, mission and goals.